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Call for Submissions Open for the 2017 $100,000 Hearst Health Prize


NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA, May 19, 2016—Hearst Health,  a division of Hearst, and the Jefferson College of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University, today announced the call for submissions is now open for the 2017 Hearst Health Prize, an annual $100,000 award given in recognition of an organization’s or individual’s outstanding achievement in managing or improving health. The announcement was made by Gregory Dorn, MD, MPH, president of Hearst Health, and David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health.

The Hearst Health Prize competition evaluates implemented projects that demonstrate improved outcomes; it is not a grant program. The deadline for submissions is August 26, 2016. For full details, including eligibility, submission criteria and application, and competition rules, please visit

Applications will be vetted by faculty at the Jefferson College of Population Health and a distinguished panel of judges. Each submission will be evaluated based on the program’s:

  • Population health impact or outcome, demonstrated by measurable improvement
  • Use of evidence-based interventions and best practices to improve the quality of care
  • Promotion of communication, collaboration and engagement
  • Scalability and sustainability
  • Innovation

Up to three finalists will be named in January 2017, and the winner of the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize will be announced on March 28, 2017 at the morning plenary session of the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia.

“We are excited to open submissions and embark on another year of discovering the tremendous progress unfolding in the field of population health,” Dorn said.  “The Hearst Health Prize provides a national forum to highlight the impact groundbreaking programs are having on population health.”

Community Care of North Carolina won the inaugural Hearst Health Prize in March 2016 for its statewide transitional care program for Medicaid patients who were discharged home after hospitalization.  The two 2016 finalists were Centering Healthcare Institute’s CenteringPregnancy prenatal care program and Jersey City Medical Center–Barnabas Health’s Wealth from Health®, Inc. program.

“Understanding how to implement truly effective population health management is critical, especially as we transition from volume-based to value-based healthcare,” Nash said. “It is imperative to uncover and share information about successful programs via the Hearst Health Prize.”

Key Dates for the 2017 Hearst Health Prize:

  • August 26, 2016: Closing date for submissions at 11:59 PM (ET)
  • January 2017:  Finalists notified
  • March 27, 2017: Finalists will present at a special poster session at the Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia
  • March 28, 2017: Winner of the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize will be announced at the Population Health Colloquium


About Hearst Health

The Hearst Health network includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, Hearst Health International, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person's health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 84 percent of discharged patients, 177 million insured individuals, 44 million home health visits, and 4 billion prescriptions.